About Us

Fondsfrauen is the largest German-speaking professional network in the financial industry. Our goal is to advance women’s careers and promote equal opportunities and diversity. We motivate women to fulfill their career aspirations and support them in achieving their professional goals. Female role models and subject-related research provide valuable assistance.

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Mission Statement

Network

In 2015, we started to build a career network for women in the German investment fund sector. Today, we are also active in Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg and open to all women and companies from the entire financial sector.

We connect women in the financial industry across different hierarchical levels and allow for regular exchanges. It is our goal to support women in order for them to achieve their professional and personal goals

Career

We motivate women to fulfill their career aspirations and to pursue challenging and interesting roles. We promote balanced careers that align with work and family life. We support our member companies to achieve and sustain diversity within their organization. Equal career opportunities for women and men allow diverse teams that have proven to deliver better results.

Inspiration

It is important to connect with your peers and to meet other women across the industry. It allows you to broaden your mind and see different opportunities. At Fondsfrauen we present female role models at events and in interviews on our blog. You get to meet women who have “made it” and are not afraid to talk about their ups and downs. We regularly write about developments in our industry, produce research to benchmark developments and provide you with different sources of inspiration.

At the same time, it is important to us to inspire women to invest instead of just saving money. Because financial independence is the best retirement plan! Find out more on herMoney.de

Why Fondsfrauen?

Studies show that diverse teams produce better business results. It should become standard practice in the investment and finance industry to have mixed teams in all areas. Laws enforcing gender quotas are helpful but real change will only happen if we are willing to embrace diversity in earnest and see the benefit to all. That is what we are working on every day!

Newsletter

Interview with Anne Connelly about the future plans of Fondsfrauen

Founders

Anne E. Connelly

Anne initiated and is a founding member of Fondsfrauen. In the industry since 1989, she spent her career in senior management roles at Pioneer Investments (now Amundi) and Morningstar. Today she manages Fondsfrauen, serves as an independent board member and is the owner of herMoney.de. Anne has two adult children and lives in the Munich area.

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Anke Dembowski

Anke Dembowski is a founding member of "Fondsfrauen", editor for "Fonds Professionell" and "Institutional Money" and a lecturer in finance. She has been active in the fund industry since 1989. She is a mother of two and a passionate sailor.

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Anke Dembowski

Anke Dembowski is a founding member of "Fondsfrauen", editor for "Fonds Professionell" and "Institutional Money" and a lecturer in finance. She has been active in the fund industry since 1989. She is a mother of two and a passionate sailor.

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Manuela Fröhlich

Manuela Fröhlich is a founding member of "Fondsfrauen" and has been successful in the international banking and investment fund industry for 31 years, including more than 20 years in leading positions.

She is an experienced sales expert and covered the entire value chain in her various positions in Germany, London and Luxembourg. From product development to regulatory requirements and international approvals to successful marketing and capital raising, she was active in all areas. Her focus is on excellent service for wholesale and institutional customers.

The US-enthusiastic Bavarian has a passion for rock music, which she loves to enjoy live.

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Join us

Your support is important to us. You may join us as with your personal contribution as part of our individual membership. If you are a small business owner, self-employed entrepreneur, a fin-tech startup or similar our business membership may be the best fit. For companies such as asset managers, banks, custodians, real estate firms or insurance entities please reach out directly to us to select the right package for you.

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Advisory Board

We are delighted to have a top-class advisory board who consults and supports us in defining and achieving our goals.

Charlotte Bänninger
CEFA, Global Head Fixed Income, President of UBS Asset Management Switzerland AG, Managing Director, Zürich

Charlotte Baenninger is Global Head of Fixed Income and responsible for CHF 270 billion in assets across Fixed Income and Money Market investment strategies, leading over 120 fixed income investment professionals. In this capacity, she chairs the Fixed Income Investment Forum and the Fixed Income Management Team and is a senior ambassador for Fixed Income towards UBS Wealth management.

Charlotte was appointed President of UBS Asset Management Switzerland AG in 2020. In this position she chairs the Swiss executive board. She also continues to be Head of Investments, UBS Asset Management Switzerland AG. Furthermore, she is the Vice Chair of the board of the SFAMA (Swiss Association of Asset Management).

Prior to becoming Global Head of Fixed Income, she was Head Fixed Income Switzerland since 2001. During this time, she was instrumental in building the Swiss franc bond franchise with over CHF 40 billion in assets under management to be the largest Swiss franc bond Asset manager.

Charlotte started her career at the former UBS as a graduate trainee in 1987 and was Portfolio manager and Desk head until 2001.

Dr. Anja Hochberg
Head of Multi-Asset Solutions , Swisscanto Invest, Zurich
Dr. Anja Hochberg

Dr. Anja Hochberg leitet seit 1. Januar 2020 für die Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank den Geschäftsbereich Multi Asset Solutions mit rd. 23 Mrd Assets under Management. Frau Dr. Hochberg ist mit 25 Jahren Erfahrung entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette des Anlagegeschäft eine ausgewiesene Expertin im Bereich Asset Management. Vor ihrem Wechsel zur Zürcher Kantonalbank war sie seit 2001 für die Credit Suisse in verantwortungsvollen Führungspositionen tätig. Als Leiterin der volkswirtschaftlichen Abteilung verantwortete sie sowohl die klassische volkswirtschaftliche Analyse also auch die Analyse und Prognose aller makro-ökonomisch getriebenen Anlageklassen.

. In 2009 she was appointed Head of Investment Strategy of the Asset Management Division and in 2013 Chief Investment Officer Europe (incl. Switzerland). From 2016 she headed the global product department and from 2018 onwards she focused on sustainable and impact products for institutional and private investors.

Dr Anja Hochberg received her PhD from the University of Wales, where she spent four years as a lecturer in economics with a focus on international financial markets. She studied economic history, economics and law in Berlin and successfully completed postgraduate studies in "European Economic Studies" at the Collège d`Europe Brugge. Dr. Hochberg is married and mother of a 14-year-old daughter.

Michaela Krahwinkel
Head of Performance Analysis, Union Investment, Frankfurt

Michaela Krahwinkel heads the department “Performance Analysis” at Union Investment. In this key function, she has systematically built up and expanded performance controlling over the past fourteen years. Together with her team, she is continuously working on methodological developments in an increasingly complex market environment.

A native of Lake Constance, she began her career in 1983 in Frankfurt in the asset management department of a Swiss insurance company. Subsequently she worked in the family office of Harald Quandt Wealth Management and as head of the performance measurement department at Deutsche Asset Management.

Michaela has a network of associations and rating agencies built up over many years. She has also been working in national and international committees, e.g. with the CFA institutue, for many years. Among other things, she chaired a committee responsible for the Global Investment Performance Standards, which represents the interests of German users in the global standards for measuring and presenting the performance of investments and promotes their further development.

In her spare time, the self-confessed Frankfurt native is committed to social issues and organizes collections for women's shelters, among other things.

Veronika Lammer
Retail Research Managerin, Raiffeisen Bank International AG , Wien

Veronika Lammer arbeitet bereits seit 1985 in verschiedenen Positionen am Finanzmarkt. Seit 2008 ist sie in der Raiffeisen Bank International tätig, wo sie die Abteilung Quant Research und Emerging Markets aufbaute. Zu den wichtigsten Themen gehörten Asset Allokation, Volkswirtschaft, Währungen, Aktienmärkte, Modellbildung sowie die Projektaufbereitung für eine Arbeitsplattform für Analysten und ein neues Portal. Seit September 2016 betreut Frau Lammer als Retail Research Managerin den österreichischen Raiffeisensektor und die Netzwerkbanken der Raiffeisen Bank International in allen Research-Belangen.

1985 bis 2008 sammelte Veronika Lammer teilweise als Portfoliomanagerin – vornehmlich im Anleihebereich - und teilweise als Analystin für Aktien einerseits und Volkswirtschaft, Anleihen und Währungen andererseits reichlich Erfahrung in unterschiedlichsten Marktsituationen. Auf diesem Wissen baute sie nebenberuflich ein Investment-Training mit integriertem Computerplanspiel auf, das sie in Österreich bei Banken, Versicherungen und universitären Einrichtungen sehr erfolgreich abhält.

Veronika Lammer hält einen Magister der Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Universität Innsbruck und einen MSc der University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Die begeisterte Golferin ist verheiratet und hat eine Tochter.

Anja Mikus
CEO/CIO der Stiftung KENFO – Fonds zur Finanzierung der kerntechnischen Entsorgung, Berlin

Anja Mikus has worked in the investment industry for 30 years. As a graduate in business administration, she started her career in financial planning and accounting, before moving up from securities analyst to managing director of Allianz KAG and member of the management of Allianz Pimco Asset Management in Munich in 1988.

From 2001 she was Managing Director of Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH and responsible for portfolio management and the investment strategy of the Union Group in Frankfurt.From 2014 to 2017 her career path led her to Arabesque Asset Management Ltd. in London and Frankfurt as Chief Investment Officer & Partner.

Anja Mikus was born in Kassel. She has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Commerzbank AG since 2015 at the suggestion of the Federal Government and, since its establishment in June 2017, has been CEO and CIO of the "Fund for the Financing of Nuclear Waste Disposal" foundation in Berlin.

Ms. Mikus holds a degree in business administration from Georg-August-University, Göttingen. She is married and has one son.

Ilse Munnikhof
Head of Investment Advice, Frankfurt, ING Deutschland

Ilse Munnikhof is expertise lead investment advice at ING in Germany. In this position, she is in charge of both the implementation of digital investment advice, as well as driving the cooperation with delegated portfolio manager Scalable Capital.

Ilse started her career in Finance. After becoming a CFA charterholder, she joined a global investment product team, where she worked on the implementation of the Fintech Cooperation with Robo Advisor Scalable Capital. During this time she discovered that women invest less than men, which is one of the reasons women build up less wealth over time. She has made it her mission since to empower women to invest. Shortly after the start of the portfolio management solution together with Scalable Capital, Ilse became the Business Manager of Nick Jue, CEO of ING Region Germany. During the next two years she took part in the transformation of ING in becoming the first agile bank in Germany.

Ilse holds a master degree in insurance from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and is a proud member and lead singer of the Swinging Lions: the corporate band of ING.

Dr. Fleur Platow
Autorin & Referentin, Zürich

From 1982 to 1995, Fleur Platow was the Zurich foreign correspondent of International Reports on Finance and Currencies/ New York, a subsidiary of the London Financial Times. In the early 1990s, she was asked by a leading global oil magnate to initiate the wives of his managers into the secrets of investing.

This idea finally motivated Fleur Platow to separate from journalism, and in 1996 she started her seminar series entitled "Women & Finance" with the aim of familiarizing untrained women with the capital markets and investment instruments. Since 1998 she was a consultant and from 2011 to July 2013 a member of the executive board of the most successful Swiss investor club, the Smart Ladies Investment Club (SLIC). In 1999 she co-founded the Zurich "Women's Investment Planning School" (FIPS), for which she held workshops and published monthly market reports. In addition, she has been a member of the Investment Forum of the NPB New Private Bank Zurich since 2002 and was on its Board of Directors from 2002 to 2003, which she left at her own request due to disagreements regarding the bank's activities in the sector of structured financial products.

Fleur Platow betätigte sich als Referentin für diverse Finanzinstitute. Sie ist Autorin der Bücher “Mehr Sicherheit beim Geldanlegen – Frauen investieren anders”, “Und ewig lockt das Geld – Mit femininen Strategien zum globalen Anlageerfolg”. In ihrer Publikation (Mitautorin) „Banker nutzt das feminine Potenzial – Was Frauen von den Banken wollen und Banken Frauen bieten sollen“ deckt sie den Beitrag über die Finanzmärkte und den Vermögenserhalt nach der Krise ab. Sie gehörte von 2002 bis 2012 zu den Opinion Leadern des Anlagemagazin „stocks“. Seit rund 12 Jahren engagiert sie sich als Mentorin für das Mentoring der Hochschule St. Gallen, HSG und ist seit 2019 Mitglied der vom ehemaligen UBS-Chefökonomen Professor Klaus Wellershoff gegründeten Vermögungsberatungs-Firma ZWEI Wealth.

Evi Vogl
CEO Amundi Germany, Member of the Boad at BVI, Munich

Evi C. Vogl ist Chief Executive Officer von Amundi Deutschland. In dieser Funktion liegt der Schwerpunkt ihrer Tätigkeit auf der strategischen Weiterentwicklung des Geschäfts sowie den Bereichen Kommunikation und Public Affairs.

Im Rahmen ihrer über 30-jährigen Laufbahn in der Finanzbranche war sie unter anderem bei einer internationalen Großbank für die Betreuung institutioneller Investoren in Europa tätig und verantwortete seit 2011 das Deutschlandgeschäft für Pioneer Investment.

Ihre Karriere begann im HypoVereinsbank-Konzern, in dem sie über zwanzig Jahre in verschiedenen Führungspositionen tätig war. Seit mehreren Jahren engagiert sie sich in einer Reihe von Gremien für die Belange der Investmentbranche und bringt ihre Erfahrung und Expertise ein.

Die Finanzexpertin verfügt über einen MBA der Chicago Booth University und einen Abschluss der Stanford University GSB.

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